Heartspring’s medical office offers comprehensive primary care from a developmental pediatrician, pediatric psychiatrist, pediatric neurologist, a nurse practitioner, a team of registered nurses, and certified medication aids. Should the need for a specialist arise, outside appointments are managed by Heartspring. Our medical team collaborates with a variety of specialists in the Wichita area including a pediatric cardiologist, nephrologist, endocrinologist, orthopedic surgeons, general surgeons, optometrists and ophthalmologists and dentists. Utilizing a full medical staff ensures all students, regardless of physical, communication or educational abilities receive the attention and care they need, giving comfort to parents.
Heartspring’s medial staff is available 24 hours a day in order to provide continuous medical care. Routine medical procedures managed in our medical office include EKG’s, suturing, pelvic examinations, laboratory work, immunizations, vision screens, hearing evaluations, and dental screens. All health needs are supervised and managed by our medical staff. As part of each student’s team our staff work together with the variety of professionals at Heartspring to promote health and wellness.
Heartspring is the primary care provider for each student. As a benefit to the children we serve, most medical needs can be met without leaving our campus. We are licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Medication management is directly supervised by Heartspring’s developmental pediatrician, and pediatric psychiatrist, nurse practitioners as well as expert consultants. Parents are involved in making decisions regarding medication management for their child. Our nurses provide specific training to all staff on administration of medications, documentation on Medication Administration Records, seizures, signs and symptoms of illness, and any other specific student needs. Additional medical in-services are provided throughout the year for education on specific health and safety issues, such as dental hygiene, infection control, and periodic review of medication administration.
Q: What is a nurse practitioner?
A: A nurse practitioner is an advanced practice nurse who has acquired knowledge and clinical skills in health care through successful completion of a Nursing Master’s program. Nurse practitioners provide a broad range of primary health care services including physical examinations and developmental assessments, with capabilities to diagnose and treat common health problems. They can order and interpret diagnostic studies, monitor chronic diseases, and prescribe medications and other treatments. Nurse practitioners provide well-child care including screening and immunizations, while collaborating with the doctors and other health care professionals as needed.
Q: How do you handle emergencies?
A: In the case of an emergency, the medical team will provide support to staff and manage emergency department visits and hospital admissions. Heartspring utilizes Wesley Medical Center as its primary hospital.
Q: How often do you meet about my child's medications?
A: The medical and psychology teams meet weekly to review and make decisions regarding behavior data and medications for every student. Parental or guardian consent is needed for any medication changes.
Q: What role do Heartspring consultants play?
A: Heartspring consultants work directly with the nurses to provide their professional help on an individual basis. There are times the consultant will be in direct contact with parents about their child.